Wentworth by the Sea
588 Wentworth Road
New Castle, NH

Preliminary Agenda

The agenda is subject to change. Bulleted items represent the anticipated major issues to be discussed or acted upon at the meeting. The final agenda will include additional items and may revise the bulleted items provided below. The agenda reflects the current estimate of time required for scheduled Board meetings. The Commission may adjust this agenda in accordance with the actual duration of Board meetings. Interested parties should anticipate Boards starting earlier or later than indicated herein.

Annual Meeting Registration

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Public Comment Guidelines

With the intent of developing policies in the Commission’s procedures for public participation that result in a fair opportunity for public input, the ISFMP Policy Board has approved the following guidelines for use at management board meetings:

For issues that are not on the agenda, management boards will continue to provide opportunity to the public to bring matters of concern to the board’s attention at the start of each board meeting. Board chairs will use a speaker sign-up list in deciding how to allocate the available time on the agenda (typically 10 minutes) to the number of people who want to speak.

For topics that are on the agenda, but have not gone out for public comment, board chairs will provide limited opportunity for comment, taking into account the time allotted on the agenda for the topic. Chairs will have flexibility in deciding how to allocate comment opportunities; this could include hearing one comment in favor and one in opposition until the chair is satisfied further comment will not provide additional insight to the board.

For agenda action items that have already gone out for public comment, it is the Policy Board’s intent to end the occasional practice of allowing extensive and lengthy public comments. Currently, board chairs have the discretion to decide what public comment to allow in these circumstances.

In addition, the following timeline has been established for the submission of written comment for issues for which the Commission has NOT established a specific public comment period (i.e., in response to proposed management action).

  1. Comments received 3 weeks prior to the start of a meeting week will be included in the briefing materials.
  2. Comments received by 5:00 PM on October 22, 2019 will be distributed electronically to Commissioners/Board members prior to the meeting and a limited number of copies will be provided at the meeting.
  3. Following the October 22, 2019 deadline, the commenter will be responsible for distributing the information to the management board prior to the board meeting or providing enough copies for the management board consideration at the meeting (a minimum of 50 copies).

The submitted comments must clearly indicate the commenter’s expectation from the ASMFC staff regarding distribution.  As with other public comment, it will be accepted via mail, fax, and email.

General Background Materials






October 28

8:30 - 9:30 AM

Atlantic Herring Management Board

  • Progress Update on 2019 Atlantic Herring Area 1A Fishery Performance
  • Progress Update on Development of Georges Bank Spawning Protection Discussion Document
  • Review and Set Atlantic Herring Fishery Specifications for 2020/2021 Season
9:45 - 10:30 AM

American Lobster Management Board

  • Progress Update on Resiliency in the Gulf of Maine
  • Progress Update on 2020 American Lobster Benchmark Stock Assessment

10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Tautog Management Board

  • Progress Update on Commercial Tagging Program
1 - 5 PM

Atlantic Coastal Fish Habitat Partnership (ACFHP) Steering Committee

  • Develop Action Plan for 2020-2021
  • Finalize Recommendations for FY2020 National Fish Habitat Partnership-U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Funding
  • Progress Update on Northeast Fish Habitat Conservation Mapping Prioritization
  • Develop Strategy for Sub-regional Project Fundraising

1:15 - 2:45 PM

Atlantic Menhaden Management Board

  • Progress Update on the 2019 Atlantic Menhaden Single-Species and Ecological Reference Point Benchmark Stock Assessments
  • Update on Reduction Fishery Harvest from the Chesapeake Bay

3 - 5:30 PM

Atlantic Coastal Cooperative Statistics Program (ACCSP)  Coordinating Council

  • Funding Subcommittee Report
  • Consider Approval of Recommendations of FY2020 Submitted Proposals
  • Discuss Changes to ACCSP Committee Structure
  • Formulation of Data Coordination Committee
  • Program/Committee Updates

6 - 8 PM

Welcome Reception

October 29

8 - 9:30 AM

Spiny Dogfish Management Board

  • Consider Approval of Addendum VI
  • Review and Revise (if Needed) Spiny Dogfish Fishery Specifications for 2020/2021 Season
8:30 AM - Noon

Management and Science Committee (continued)

8:30 AM - 5 PM

ACFHP Steering Committee (continued)

9:45 - 11:45 AM

Horseshoe Crab Management Board

  • Review Adaptive Resource Management (ARM) Subcommittee and Delaware Bay Ecosystem Technical Committee Recommended Updates for the ARM Model
  • Review and Set Horseshoe Crab Harvest Specifications for 2020 Season
  • Consider Postponed Development of Draft Addendum VIII
  • Review and Consider Approval of 2019 Fishery Management Plan Review and State Compliance

12:30 - 5 PM

Law Enforcement Committee
(A portion of this meeting may be a closed session for the LEC Coordinator and Committee members only)

  • Review Circle Hook Regulations and Enforcement
  • State and Federal Agency Reports
  • Review Action Plan for 2020
  • Discuss State Compliance Reporting Process
  • Review ASMFC Managed-Species as Needed
  • Elect Chair and Vice-chair
1:15 - 2:15 PM

American Eel Management Board

  • Draft Policy on Coastwide Cap Overages for Board Approval
  • Review and Consider Approval of 2019 Fishery Management Plan Review and State Compliance
2:30 - 4 PM

Weakfish Management Board

  • Progress Update on 2019 Benchmark Stock Assessment
  • Consider Management Response to the 2019 Weakfish Benchmark Stock Assessment Update
  • Review and Consider Approval of 2019 Fishery Management Plan Review and State Compliance
4:15 - 5:15 PM

Business Session

  • Review and Consider Approval of 2020 Action Plan
  • Elect Chair and Vice-Chair
6 - 9 PM Annual Dinner

October 30

8 - 10 AM

Executive Committee
(A portion of this meeting may be closed to Committee members and Commissioners only)

  • Report of the Administrative Oversight Committee
    • Review and Consider Approval of FY19 Audit
  • Review Policy Addressing Non-payment of State Assessments
  • Future Annual Meetings Update
8 AM - Noon

Law Enforcement Committee (continued)

8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Habitat Committee

  • Discuss Progress on ASMFC Fish Habitats of Concern
  • Review Success of Species Assignments
  • Progress Update on Acoustics Impacts Document, Aquaculture Document, and Habitat Hotline Atlantic

10:15 - 11:45 AM

Shad and River Herring Management Board

  • Review Technical Committee Recommendations on Management and Monitoring Inconsistencies with Amendments 2 and 3
  • Consider Approval of Revisions to the Maine River Herring Sustainable Fishery Management Plan
  • Discuss Updates to Shad Habitat Plans
  • Progress Update on Shad Benchmark Stock Assessment
  • Review and Consider Approval of 2019 Fishery Management Plan Review and State Compliance
11:45 AM - 1:15 PM

Captain David H. Hart Award Luncheon

1:15 - 2:30 PM

Coastal Sharks Management Board 

  • Consider Postponed Motions from May 2019:
    Move to require, for state waters, the use of circle hooks on lined intended to catch sharks.

Move to postpone until the Board has received feedback from the Law Enforcement Committee and the Advisory Panel with the intention of considering the motion at the Annual Meeting.

  • Set Coastal Sharks Fishery Specifications for 2020
  • Review and Consider Approval of 2019 Fishery Management Plan Review and State Compliance
    • Status Update on State Implementation of North Atlantic Shortfin Mako Measures
2:45 - 5:45 PM

Atlantic Striped Bass Management Board

  • Consider Approval of Addendum VI

October 31

8 - 10 AM

Interstate Fisheries Management Program Policy Board

  • Discuss Commission Strategy to Address Changing Ocean Conditions
  • Review Draft Stock Status Definitions
  • Committee Reports
    • ACFHP
    • Habitat
    • Law Enforcement
    • Management and Science
    • Assessment Science
10 - 10:15 AM Business Session (continued)
10:30 AM - 12:15 PM

South Atlantic States/Federal Fisheries Management Board

  • Consider Approval of Atlantic Croaker Draft Addendum III and Spot Draft Addendum II for Public Comment
  • Consider Approval of 2019 Fishery Management Plan Reviews and State Compliance for Red Drum, Black Drum, Spotted Seatrout, and Spanish Mackerel